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Florida's SB 718 contains alimony and child visitation provisions

Florida Senate Bill SB 718 (SB 718) was put in place foremost to reform alimony laws in place in our state. Lawmakers have since passed the bill and it has now been placed on the desk of the Florida's governor for his signature.

So-called anti-sharia legislation may still become Florida law

A Florida legislative committee has voted 5-4 on what is called the "anti-sharia" law. What this means is that SB 58 could still become law. If passed, it would prevent Florida courts from applying foreign laws in divorce and child custody dispute. It appears that the bill is mostly designed to prevent couples from using the Quran when making arguments in courts.

Child custody matter involving Carole Crist

With more divorces, second and third marriages, and children from each of those marriages, child custody matters continue to become more complex. The wife of former Florida Governor Charlie Crist found herself involved in such a circumstance when she attempted to regain custody of her two teenage daughters. Though a judge had earlier granted the father full custody of the two girls while the mother was out of the country, that order had been vacated in part because there were problems with notice.

Adoptive parents awarded custody in complex matter

Though not in Florida, one recent child custody matter in another state demonstrates how complex these matters can become - especially in light of a number of social and cultural considerations. One state's Supreme Court ruled that the best interests for two young girls would be best served if they remained in the care and custody of their adoptive parents rather than be turned over to their biological grandparents.

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